The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has commenced plans to organise a nationwide civil mass action over the increase in electricity tariff and fuel price.
In a statement signed by Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, National Publicity Secretary of the group, and Mark Adebayo, co-spokesperson of the group, the group said it would partner civil society, political, ethnic, religious and organised groups, including the Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other professional bodies.
Others are: CAN, JNI, Ohanaeze, Arewa, Afenifere, Ijaw, Middle- Belt groups, with Femi Falana, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Joe Odumakin, among others also on the list of those planned to be contacted for the nationwide exercise.
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CUPP said the planned exercise was in furtherance of the body’s patriotic objective of serving as a great defender of the citizens’ interest, adding that “the patriotic efforts is geared towards convincing these organisations on the need for a national civil action to protest and resist the increasing anti- people’s polices especially the painful increase in fuel pump price and electricity tariff coupled with the growing corruption and insecurity that have taken over Nigeria.”
The group, however, said its Human Mobilisation Unit would announce a date for civil action in collaboration with these organised groups and individuals once the consultations yielded a positive result.